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Gregory of Nazianzus
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Gregory of Nazianzus (330–c. 390 CE) is also known as Gregory the Theologian, an epithet granted him at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE recognizing his definitive articulation of Trinitarian doctrine. He was a principal proponent of the retention of the classical tradition in a developing Christian intellectual culture.

Life and Work

Given the mass of Gregory’s autobiographical work, in particular his De vita sua (Jungck, 1974), his biography dramatically shapes the scholarsh…

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Abrams Rebillard, Suzanne, “Gregory of Nazianzus”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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